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Some insight into how and why I build and love bicycles.

The bicycle is a powerful and elegant machine. My goal since I started building steel frames in 2005 is to blend what I love about traditional bicycle design and frame construction with a modern, relevant twist. I continue to be drawn towards bikes with a timeless style, slender lines and a sense of utility. A frame sitting on the wall is not living its best life. Bikes are beautiful tools capable of taking us over mountains and around the world. For me, the bicycle has been a way of life as a racer, professional mechanic, cycle-tourist, courier and human. They unlock a sense of freedom that connects people to each other, the world around them and themselves in a profound way. 

I have always been focused on the process. A single file stroke, hand cut lug or pass of the torch is never the final stop but each step creates the total sum. I am always open to exploring each frame and how to make it fit perfectly, perform well and look beautiful. The endurance rider in me is rarely thinking about mile 300 when I start a ride since I know each mile is part of an unbroken chain. The process is unlocking a chance to better understand, learn and adapt my craft so I can make bikes for riders to enjoy for a lifetime of riding. 

I think about bikes as a whole. A complete package from frame to fork to bar tape to tires. Every part working together to achieve the best fit, ride quality and style possible. I have opinions about many things and love the many facets of cycling and riders in the world. I find joy in the balance between well crafted art, utility and well designed tools. Everyone shares a common feeling of joy when the wind is at your back and you’re gliding along. Each rider’s needs are different with different backgrounds and making a custom bike to check all the boxes is my goal every time.

As Ira Ryan Cycles version 2.0 grows, I will be adding soft goods, some framebuilding parts and other cool offerings via the blog page here. Stay tuned. If you have interest in working together to create your dream bike, “get in touch”.


If you have interest in working together to create your dream bike, get in touch to secure your build spot.

Reach out via email, phone, or my contact form. If you are in Portland, OR and want to stop by my workshop, please get in touch and we can schedule a time and day that works best.